Dani Pedrosa rode to his second consecutive podium of the year in MotoGP, as a wet race brought thrilling action to Spain.
Jorge Lorenzo took the victory on the Yamaha for the second year running at Jerez, with Pedrosa’s second spot also a repeat of 2010’s race, though things could have been very different.
A one stage, Gresini Honda’s Marco Simoncelli held a solid lead over Lorenzo before crashing on his way to a maiden top-class victory, and then Pedrosa looked to have lost second spot to Ben Spies on the Yamaha, before the American, too, succumbed to the slippery conditions.
Multiple champion Valentino Rossi’s banzai start from 12th was followed by disaster when he took out championship trendsetter Casey Stoner, the Italian’s Ducati colliding with the Australian’s Honda, ending the latter’s afternoon.
Andrea Dovizioso’s crash didn’t end his race, but he finished last on the road in 14th. A solid performance from Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama, however, delivered the Gresini Honda rider’s best ever finish as he ended the proceedings in fourth, behind Ducati's Nicky Hayden (USA), who completed the MotoGP podium.
In Moto2, it was another miserable outing for Marc Márquez (pictured, above), with the 18-year-old Spaniard’s home race ended by Jules Cluzel as the pair jostled for sixth place. Kenan Sofuoglu (also pictured above, ahead of Márquez) finished in 16th, the Turk unlucky to have missed out on a point, while Englishman Scott Redding also suffered in the wet conditions at Jerez, finishing down in 23rd.
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